Category Archives: Inclusiveness

Today I went to Church!

I went to church today. Even though I was attending the GCORR Open-Space Summit, it wasn’t at this morning’s worship service. As I walked into our worship area at the Albuquerque convention center I saw signs posted with directions to … Continue reading

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When Systemic Racism Hits Home

This posting was written last year.  It is worth repeating. If we are to celebrate Black History Month as a people of faith, we should make sure that history is accurate. Where it is inaccurate, we are obliged to correct … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to The Council of Bishops

Today, Bishop Bruce R. Ough, the President of the Council of Bishops released the following statement: To the People Called United Methodist: Grace and peace in the name of Jesus Christ! On the eve of Advent and in the post-election … Continue reading

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Four Little Girls

Every year, since 2012, I have posted this piece I wrote.  In light of today’s racial unrest, particularly from the campaign trail, we need to hear these words more today than  ever. By Vince Gonzales, September, 2012   Four little … Continue reading

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From the ruins and ashes, much was raised.

September 11, 2001. As was my practice, I was watching the Today Show that Tuesday morning. At about 7:50 am, the coverage changed. There were dramatic scenes of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, with smoke billowing from … Continue reading

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Hispanic/Latin@ millennials and the Church

This past April, I attended a gathering of Hispanic/Latin@ church leaders with the intent of discussing how to reach Hispanic/Latin@ millennials for the church.  There was great diversity of denominations, national origin, language and polity among this group.  I was … Continue reading

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A Statement on the Orlando Shooting

On the somber anniversary of the Mother Emanual shooting, Churches Uniting in Christ released the following statement: Statement on the Mass Shooting at Pulse Nightclub, Orlando, FL On this, the anniversary of the mass shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church … Continue reading

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When Systemic Racism Hits Home

If we are to celebrate Black History Month as a people of faith, we should make sure that history is accurate. Where it is inaccurate, we are obliged to correct it. Mere reconciliation and repentance is not enough, we must … Continue reading

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Racial Bias? Surely not here.

In keeping with the promise made in 2014 and reiterated this month at our meeting of the Racial and Social Justice Task Force , a vital part of Churches Uniting in Christ ecumenical gathering of 10 mainline Protestant denominations, it … Continue reading

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Liberty and Justice for All Initiative

Today, in Washington D.C., the Liberty and Justice for All Initiative wrapped up a conference at which churches have been asked to make  racism and racially-motivated violence a thing of the past. With that in mind, I stood before my … Continue reading

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